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BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 2, 2020
2021 Ford C. Frick Award Ballot Finalized
— Winner to be Announced on Dec. 9 –
(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – Eight of the National Pastime’s most respected and familiar voices have been named as the finalists for the 2021 Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Candidates from the National Voices category will be considered for the 2021 Frick Award in accordance with the three-year Frick Award election cycle.
The eight finalists for the 2021 Frick Award are: Buddy Blattner, Joe Buck, Dave Campbell, Dizzy Dean, Don Drysdale, Ernesto Jerez, Al Michaels and Dan Shulman. The winner of the 2021 Frick Award will be announced on Dec. 9 and will be honored during the July 24 Awards Presentation as part of the July 23-26 Hall of Fame Weekend 2021 in Cooperstown, along with 2020 Frick Award winner Ken Harrelson.
All candidates except Blattner, Dean and Drysdale are living.
The Frick Award election cycle rotates annually among Major League Markets (team-specific announcers); National Voices (broadcasters whose contributions were realized on a national level); and Broadcasting Beginnings (early team voices and pioneers of baseball broadcasting). This cycle repeats every three years, with the Broadcasting Beginnings ballot to be reviewed in the fall of 2021 and the Major League Markets ballot to be reviewed in the fall of 2022.
As established by the Board of Directors, criteria for selection is as follows: “Commitment to excellence, quality of broadcasting abilities, reverence within the game, popularity with fans, and recognition by peers.”
Final voting for the 2021 Frick Award will be conducted by an electorate comprised of the 12 living Frick Award recipients and three broadcast historians/columnists, including past Frick honorees Marty Brennaman, Bob Costas, Ken Harrelson, Jaime Jarrín, Tony Kubek, Denny Matthews, Tim McCarver, Jon Miller, Eric Nadel, Vin Scully, Bob Uecker and Dave Van Horne, and historians/columnists David J. Halberstam (historian), Barry Horn (formerly of the Dallas Morning News) and Curt Smith (historian).
The 2021 Frick Award ballot was created by a subcommittee of the voting electorate that included Costas, Matthews, Nadel, Smith and Van Horne.
To be considered, an active or retired broadcaster must have a minimum of 10 years of continuous major league broadcast service with a ball club, network, or a combination of the two.
The eight finalists for the 2021 Frick Award:
– Blattner worked 26 seasons for outlets primarily in the 1950s and 1960s including the Liberty Game of the Day, Mutual Game of the Day, ABC Game of the Week, CBS Game of the Week and NBC, along with several stops with individual teams;
– Buck has been with Fox Sports for the last 25 seasons as the network’s lead baseball announcer after calling games for the Cardinals for 11 seasons, broadcasting 23 World Series along the way;
– Campbell worked at ESPN from 1990-2008 following an eight-year career in the big leagues as an infielder,serving as both play-by-play voice and analyst; he also called games for Giants, Padres and Rockies;
– Dean, elected to the Hall of Fame as a pitcher in 1953, made his mark as the voice of CBS’ Game of the Week from 1955-65 following several seasons with the Cardinals and Browns;
– Drysdale, elected to the Hall of Fame as a pitcher in 1984, called national games for ABC for 10 years starting in 1977, including working the network’s Monday Night Baseball package;
– Jerez has called Sunday Night Baseball games for ESPN Deportes for more than a quarter of a century; he has also called the All-Star Game, the World Series and the World Baseball Classic;
– Michaels called baseball games for 25 seasons with NBC (1972), ABC (1976-89) and The Baseball Network (1994-95), and drew assignments in seven World Series, six All-Star Games and eight LCS;
– Shulman handled play-by-play duties for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball package from 2011-17 and called games on ESPN Radio prior to that; he called games for Toronto Blue Jays from 1995-2001;
Additional information on the eight finalists can be found at baseballhall.org/discover/2021-frick-award-ballot-announced.
The annual award is named in memory of Hall of Famer Ford C. Frick, renowned sportswriter, radio broadcaster, National League president and Baseball Commissioner. Past recipients of the Ford C. Frick Award:
FORD C. FRICK AWARD RECIPIENTS
|1978||Mel Allen||1992||Milo Hamilton||2007||Denny Matthews|
|Red Barber||1993||Chuck Thompson||2008||Dave Niehaus|
|1979||Bob Elson||1994||Bob Murphy||2009||Tony Kubek|
|1980||Russ Hodges||1995||Bob Wolff||2010||Jon Miller|
|1981||Ernie Harwell||1996||Herb Carneal||2011||Dave Van Horne|
|1982||Vin Scully||1997||Jimmy Dudley||2012||Tim McCarver|
|1983||Jack Brickhouse||1998||Jaime Jarrín||2013||Tom Cheek|
|1984||Curt Gowdy||1999||Arch McDonald||2014||Eric Nadel|
|1985||Buck Canel||2000||Marty Brennaman||2015||Dick Enberg|
|1986||Bob Prince||2001||Felo Ramirez||2016||Graham McNamee|
|1987||Jack Buck||2002||Harry Kalas||2017||Bill King|
|19881989||Lindsey NelsonHarry Caray||20032004||Bob UeckerLon Simmons||20182019||Bob CostasAl Helfer|
|19901991||By SaamJoe Garagiola||20052006||Jerry ColemanGene Elston||2020||Ken Harrelson|
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is an independent not-for-profit educational institution, dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of baseball and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a global audience as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our National Pastime. Opening its doors for the first time on June 12, 1939, the Hall of Fame has stood as the definitive repository of the game’s treasures and as a symbol of the most profound individual honor bestowed on an athlete. It is every fan’s “Field of Dreams,” with its stories, legends and magic shared from generation to generation.
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November 1, 2020
TORONTO FC (2) – INTER MIAMI CF (1) POST MATCH SUMMARY
IMCF – Blaise Matuidi 42’
TFC – Ayo Akinola 55’ (Patrick Mullins, Michael Bradley)
TFC – Alejandro Pozuelo 84’ (PK)
IMCF – Blaise Matuidi 69’ (caution)
TFC – Michael Bradley 77’ (caution)
IMCF – Ben Sweat 82’ (caution)
Ralph Priso made his first career start for Toronto FC
TORONTO FC: 13-4-5 44 PTS.
INTER MIAMI CF: 6-13-3 21 PTS.
TORONTO FC – Quentin Westberg; Auro (Richie Laryea 72’), Eriq Zavaleta, Chris Mavinga, Tony Gallacher; Michael Bradley (C), Ralph Priso (Liam Fraser 73’), Nick DeLeon (Omar Gonzalez 88’), Tsubasa Endoh (Patrick Mullins HT’), Alejandro Pozuelo; Ayo Akinola (Jayden Nelson 85’)
Substitutes Not Used: Kevin Silva, Laurent Ciman, Erickson Gallardo, Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty
INTER MIAMI CF – John McCarthy; Alvas Powell, Christian Makoun (Julian Carranza 85’), Dylan Nealis (Federico Higuain 85’), A.J. DeLaGarza, Ben Sweat (Matias Pellegrini 85’); Blaise Matuidi, Wil Trapp (Victor Ulloa 85’), Lewis Morgan, Rodolfo Pizarro; Gonzalo Higuain (C)
Substitutes Not Used: Drake Callender, Mikey Ambrose, Jay Chapman, Juan Agudelo, Robbie Robinson
GREG VANNEY – HEAD COACH, TORONTO FC
Good win against a well-organized opponent. What was your take on the evening?
“Yeah, they were in a 4-5-1. Especially in the first half, they had a lot of numbers behind the ball. For us the possessions were too slow. The movement was too methodical, too slow, the ball was moving too slow. Those were the things we talked about at half. We need to be more dynamic, our decisions need to be faster, the ball needed to move faster. Everything was too slow in the first half and because of that none of our attacks really came to much of anything. And we were turning over balls just by sheer numbers they had behind the ball. Spaces were closing up too fast and they were able to eventually get themselves into the game through our turnovers. They started to find their possession. Started to find their control of the game with the ball through the latter part of the first half. Second half, we brought on another forward to occupy more of those center backs, try to tuck in our wide guys a little bit more, to put some numbers ahead of the ball. We started to get a little bit more control of the game. Our movement was sharper, the passes were sharper. It still got open at times, but we did enough at the end of the day to get it a result. And with everything that transpired today, Philly losing, us getting a result. Means it goes down to the last game. That’s what we were hoping for.”
Is this what you envisioned when you made Richie a right back, him creating so much trouble for opposing defenses?
“I don’t know if that’s what I was envisioning. You assess his skill set and, what he’s capable of doing, with the fact that we had a need for a right back in addition to Auro. We didn’t really have anybody else to fill the position and so the combination of those things, the necessity and the skill set, starts to put him in that position and he just he’s taken to it. He’s grown with it and it amplifies his skill set. His speed, his quickness, his ability to face people up and go one on one. Week after week, game after game, he’s a menace for defenders, especially when he gets right around that box. His first step is so quick, he’s gone before guys even react to him touching the ball. He continues to grow in the position. Tonight, we chose to bring him on a little late. We were managing his minutes a little because he’s been carrying little things and we’re trying to protect him. Luckily we got him on in time for him to do his thing.”
What did you think of Ralph Priso?
“I thought he was excellent. Like everybody in the first half, the tempo of his game and everybody’s game just needed to get a little bit sharper and a little bit faster. But I thought that was a collective problem not just an individual problem. In the second half, the ball started moving quicker and more purposefully, and I thought he was excellent. I thought he covered a lot of ground, he won balls back, he was sharp in his possession to get in and out of spaces. I thought he was great, I mean for his first start in MLS, that’s a that’s a hell of a way to start. But he’s got room to continue to grow which he will, and he’ll continue to get play faster and get used up all the stuff, but I thought it was excellent.”
With everything to play for on Decision Day, will you get some injured players back?
“I think so, if we put everybody in bubble wrap and we get to the next week, we should get a couple guys back. We’ll see. That’s our hope. We’ve tried to be cautious with a couple of guys. Hopefully those guys will be ready come next week.”
AYO AKINOLA – FORWARD, TORONTO FC
Can you talk us through the goal and what did you see when Patrick sent in the high ball?
“As soon as Pat played it in, it was a just a battle between me and the defender luckily I was able to get my arm around him to hold him off. The whole the goal was set-up for the first touch on my chest, I think that set-up the whole thing. It allowed me to control it really nice and bring it down again and slide it after.”
What does the performance say tonight about this group?
“Just the resilience from our group. Obviously the previous two matches didn’t go our way but at the same time our group is so deep, and we know we needed this win. It just shows you the battle and character we still have. I’m just happy and proud of this team to be able to carry out the win and now we move onto the last game of the season against Red Bulls.”
Your ninth goal of the season, what’s clicking for you and how big is the net looking for you?
“I think it’s just me keeping my style of game. I don’t try to do stuff that’s not normally in my favour or not the way I play, just sticking to how I play, obviously makes it simple for me and what I need to do in front of goal. To your second question, it’s not how big it is, I just try to find the corners, try to find the targets, try to find an area where it would be hard for the keeper to get. I think that’s just the key in finishing just try to hit it to an area where the keeper has a hard time getting to.”
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